NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. (SEAS - Get Report) are lower -1.35% to $30.05 on Friday afternoon, after a U.S appeals court for the District of Columbus Circuit upheld the decision to keep animal trainers out of the water with killer whales.
The decision will force SeaWorld to change how they present their famous killer whale shows.
The Federal Occupational Safety Agency demanded SeaWorld keep trainers from doing "water work" with the whales after the 2010 death of senior trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was killed while working with one of the animals.
The appeals court's decision will increase the separation between trainers and killer whales. The three judge panel agreed 2-1 that the company "violated its duties as an employer by exposing trainers to recognized hazards."